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Reed Smith starts second European office, in Paris Reed Smith has opened a Paris office with the addition of four partners and six associates from Rambaud Martel. The office will operate under the name Reed Smith Rambaud Charot. Among the French attorneys joining Reed Smith is Mathieu Rambaud, grandson of the Paris firm’s founder and son of its most recent managing partner. Last month, 50 attorneys from Rambaud went to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and in July, 17 of its lawyers joined Proskauer Rose’s Paris location. Reed Smith’s new office is the second one it has opened in Europe this year. In April, it launched an office in Munich, Germany. It also has two England offices. Jenner & Block gains beachhead in New York Chicago-based Jenner & Block has opened a New York office with four intellectual property attorneys from Jones Day and former general counsel at General Motors Asset Management. Nine partners will work from the new office. Coming from Jones Day are Joseph Diamante, Ronald Daignault, Gianni Sevodidio and Kenneth Stein. Also joining the firm is Paul Jock, who was a senior vice president at GM. The office will focus on litigation and transactional matters. Judge stays municipal suit against gun makers A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., last week stayed New York City’s suit against gun manufacturers as he prepares to consider whether new federal legislation bars such claims. In a brief order, U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein put the Nov. 28 trial on hold. On Nov. 21, he will have a hearing to consider the gun industry’s motion to dismiss the suit, which alleges that the sales and marketing practices of gun makers allow criminals to obtain guns, creating a public nuisance. The ruling came shortly after the gun industry petitioned the 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a writ of mandamus directing Weinstein to vacate the trial date and stay the case. A new law, signed by President Bush Oct. 26, protects gun makers from suits by crime victims. New York v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp., No. 00-CV-3641. Attorneys for the gun industry argue that the legislation is specifically meant to apply to the 20 municipalities’ suits that are pending. Push to split 9th runs into heavy artillery U.S. House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner’s current push to split the nation’s largest circuit court, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has run into some powerful opposition in the Senate. Republican Senator Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the committee’s ranking Democrat, fired off a warning letter last week to the Senate Budget Committee leadership that any House proposal for a split comes under the judiciary committee’s bailiwick. The senators want to head off any effort by the House to slip the change into a large courts budget bill headed for budget negotiations between the two chambers. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., favors keeping the matter with the committee. House bill beefs up court security-and sentences Responding to brutal attacks on judges, their families and co-workers, the U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to set aside $40 million a year to upgrade courthouse security and slap sentences ranging from 30 years in prison to the death penalty on anyone convicted of such a crime. The bill was spurred by courthouse killings in Chicago, Atlanta and Texas. “Law enforcement officers deserve our fullest protections,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. “There’s too much risk to leave the sentencing to judges who have demonstrated their willingness to depart from the [established sentencing] guidelines.” Opponents said judges should be trusted to decide appropriate sentences. Several lawmakers generally opposed to the death penalty said they support the bill overall but would vote against it unless the provision was removed. The Senate has taken no action on it. President Bush, who supports the bill generally, has concerns about a provision that would allow federal judges to televise court proceedings.

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